Drexel Snapshot: Abandoned Power Plant Becomes a Classroom for Urban Design
Community & Society

Drexel Snapshot: Abandoned Power Plant Becomes a Classroom for Urban Design

The Delaware Power Station is a largely vacant 300,000-square foot building – notable as a set for Hollywood productions such as “Transformers 2” and “The Last Airbender” – which dominates more than 1,000 feet of Philadelphia’s Delaware River waterfront. A select handful of Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design students interested … Continue reading

Why is This Weevil #BlueandBlack? And How Do We Know?
Community & Society / Science & Technology

Why is This Weevil #BlueandBlack? And How Do We Know?

Do you see blue and black here? The insect pictured above is a weevil from the genus Eupholus, a specimen in the entomology collection of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. You’re looking at this blue and black (and partly iridescent green) weevil today because we’re making a shameless ploy for attention on … Continue reading

Five Things to Know about the Role of ‘Place’ in Asthma Research
Community & Society / Health & Medicine

Five Things to Know about the Role of ‘Place’ in Asthma Research

A recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology claims that the long-held belief that asthma is more common in urban areas is not accurate. In fact, the study, which was titled “Neighborhood Poverty, Urban Residence, Race/Ethnicity, and Asthma: Rethinking the Inner-city Asthma Epidemic,” found that, although the prevalence of asthma is … Continue reading

Drexel’s Million-Dollar Scholar Gets Sharks to Bite on ABC’s “Shark Tank”
Business & Law / Community & Society

Drexel’s Million-Dollar Scholar Gets Sharks to Bite on ABC’s “Shark Tank”

Drexel University’s “million-dollar scholar” Christopher Gray—who secured $1.3 million from 34 scholarships and created the Scholly app to help other students apply for scholarships—made a pitch to investors on ABC’s “Shark Tank” on Feb. 20. Gray convinced two sharks, Lori Greiner and Daymond John, to invest $40,000 for a 15 percent stake in his startup … Continue reading

Head to Head: NBC, Brian Williams and the Future of Journalism
Community & Society / Experts

Head to Head: NBC, Brian Williams and the Future of Journalism

NBC Nightly News recently suspended anchor Brian Williams for six months after an investigation, spurred by a story in Stars & Stripes, revealed that his account of being in a military helicopter that was forced down by enemy fire while reporting in Iraq in 2003 was inaccurate. Williams, who has recounted various versions of the story on … Continue reading

Stop Exploiting Young Workers: Here’s an Alternative to Unpaid Internships That Works
Business & Law / Community & Society / Opinion

Stop Exploiting Young Workers: Here’s an Alternative to Unpaid Internships That Works

By John A. Fry The “intern economy” is a crumbling monument to short-term thinking. The class-action lawsuit filed in 2010 against Fox Searchlight Pictures by former unpaid interns on the film “Black Swan” set off a wave of internship lawsuits that is likely to have lasting consequences for companies with business models that rely on … Continue reading

Building Campus Pride Among Virtual Students
Business & Law / Community & Society / Experts / Opinion

Building Campus Pride Among Virtual Students

By Susan Aldridge, PhD For years, we’ve heard that students who learn online cannot possibly develop the same affinity for the institutions they attend as their peers who study on campus. But from where I sit, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, I see that attachment every year at commencement time when … Continue reading